We had the good fortune of connecting with María Capas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi María, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
In my experience, people that know me personally and professionally recommend me to others because they really trust me. I treasure that trust.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
On Monday we could visit “Museo del Prado” or “Reina Sofía”. We’d bring a notebook and choose which artwork to copy. We’d continue with a picnic in Retiro where we could play “palas” or badminton.
And once it’s Sunday again, time to say goodbye after such a great week with a big hug!
So is there a person, group, organization, book, etc that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
In my story there are so many people who deserve to be mentioned, that I could write a book about them. The first one to mention would be my mother, but I would write a whole book here just about her and her story and how it affects my story.
The thing is, there are concrete people who have always been there, no matter the distance, who decided to love me and trust me, who encourage me constantly. It’s difficult just to pick one up. There are great people who have inspired me or shown me that there are new or better ways of doing things and, so, motivated me. Even so, it has been important to confront others who made me doubt myself or helped me to realize what I don’t want.
To best answer this question, I’ll share a little anecdote.
There was a time that I was feeling lonely, not supported, as if I were fighting constantly all alone and I was missing love from some people that I used to spend too much time on in my thoughts. That lack of support from them was badly affecting my confidence.
One day, looking for a change, something clicked in my mind. I strongly needed to advance. I just took a piece of paper and made two lists. One list with those people whose support I was sadly missing and a second list with those in my life who demonstrated that they cared and believed in me. I had never done this before, and the effect was impressive. I could count the people on the first list on one hand and filled a whole page with the second list. I was rich when I was feeling poor. I mean, I was receiving so much support and inspiration from so many fantastic people, and I was not seeing them. I was being unfair. I was paying attention to what I didn’t have, instead of to the huge amount of love that I was receiving.
The last thoughts that I dedicated to the short list were some funny drawings of them, and the magic of humor helped me make peace. My attention changed to the right list of people and, to be fair, I dedicate my shoutout to them!
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Image Credits: Main photo by Antonio Castillo. (Ig @antoniocas)